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Dungeons and Dragons: The nerdy 80’s hobby is now a modern sensation

Dungeons and Dragons: The nerdy 80’s hobby is now a modern sensation

By Thomas French and Matthew Strahlman

November 18, 2019

 “Okay. There are three goblins about 15 feet in front of you. Everybody, roll for initiative.” This scenario is familiar to D&D players and fans of Stranger Things as well. “Dungeons and Dragons” is an incredibly immersive role-playing game created in 1972 by Gary Gygax, and is still widely p...

A Marxist Reading of TikTok

A Marxist Reading of TikTok

By Peter Soprunov, Beachwood High School

November 15, 2019

In 2016, Beijing ByteDance Technology Co Ltd. released musical.ly, a lip sync video-sharing platform today most remembered for giving the world Jacob Sartorius and other faux riche preteen garbage celebrities. In 2018, however, a triumph of rebranding transformed the app into a central pillar of mod...

Believe the hype for Twenty One Pilots tour

Believe the hype for Twenty One Pilots tour

By Anna Henning, Fossil Ridge High School

November 15, 2019

Scrolling through Instagram on weekends, I often see photos of someone dressed up for a concert, typically with the caption being something along the lines of, “Best night of my life!” As someone with social anxiety and not liking crowds over thirty people, I never understood the appeal of going ...

How ‘Harriet’ inaccurately portrays history

How ‘Harriet’ inaccurately portrays history

By Cameron Thomas, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

November 15, 2019

The U.S. has always had a way of romanticizing its history, whether in the colorful fireworks on Independence Day or the remaining Confederate monuments spread throughout the South.  "Harriet" is a once in a decade take on one of the most respected figures in black and even American history. Though...

Review: “Magdalene” by FKA Twigs

Review: “Magdalene” by FKA Twigs

By Alexander Balfanz, Woodside High School

November 15, 2019

FKA Twigs released her second album "Magdalene" on November 8, 2019, marking her first full-length album since 2014's "LP1." The album features Twigs collaborating with a variety of talented electronic artists across nine songs. “Magdalene”’s first track, “thousand eyes,” functions as a...

“Ad Astra” Reaches for the Stars

“Ad Astra” Reaches for the Stars

By Robert Miller, Grand Ledge High School

November 14, 2019

In the last few years, the film industry seems to have developed an obsession with space and ideas of interstellar travel and exploration. In just the past seven years alone, movies such as Christopher Nolan’s "Interstellar," Alfonso Cuarón’s "Gravity," and Ridley Scott’s "The Martian" were released...

“The King” shows potential but turns out forgettable

“The King” shows potential but turns out forgettable

By Helen Qian, Richard Montgomery High School

November 13, 2019

As a film that determinedly blankets itself in the grim hues of medieval war and political strife, Netflix’s “The King,” at first glance, seems like it would make for yet another sobering but forgettable historical epic. It does, until it doesn’t—but that in itself is a catch. The occasional...

Marvel’s leading ladies: the long overdue role models for young girls everywhere

Marvel’s leading ladies: the long overdue role models for young girls everywhere

By Maria Vaaler, Pleasant Valley High School

November 13, 2019

Blockbuster films have been predominantly led by male heroes for decades, but as Marvel actresses dominate the box office and call for an all-female Marvel movie, this lengthy era of male dominance in the hero department may be reaching its close. Recently, Brie Larson, who has received critical success...

Female Empowerment Through the Experimental Pop Revolution

Female Empowerment Through the Experimental Pop Revolution

By Sydney Wills, Academy of the Holy Names

November 12, 2019

It’s no matter of opinion that when it comes to the music industry, women are underrepresented and often times, belittled. People most often associate female musicians with the genre of traditional pop, and by doing this, female musicians are forced into an unimaginative box that limits their pote...

Ariana Grande and her collaborators fight against the patriarchy with the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ soundtrack.

Ariana Grande and her collaborators fight against the patriarchy with the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ soundtrack.

By Mason Montano, Pinole Valley

November 12, 2019

When Ariana Grande announced she was executive producing the soundtrack for the new Charlie’s Angels movie, gays everywhere lost their minds — myself included. The lead single, “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)”, was revealed to be a collaboration between Grande, Miley Cyrus, and La...

“Jojo Rabbit” is a powerhouse of comedy and emotion

“Jojo Rabbit” is a powerhouse of comedy and emotion

By Edward Keen, West High School

November 12, 2019

Taika Waititi has proven himself again and again to be one of Hollywood’s greatest tour de force directors of delightfully bizarre arthouse films that tread the line between drama and full-on comedy. Viewers that have followed him closely through his slow rise may attribute his name to the mockumenta...

Selena Gomez returns with 2 hits, encourages self love

Selena Gomez returns with 2 hits, encourages self love

By Raven Day, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

November 11, 2019

Vulnerability can be a powerful thing when expressed in the right way. For a celebrity to be able to open themselves up to their fans in their work, it takes courage. Selena Gomez wears her heart on her sleeve in her return to the music scene after a year long hiatus. On Oct. 22, Gomez released her...

‘Gemini Man’ tortures viewers with plotlessness

‘Gemini Man’ tortures viewers with plotlessness

By Gabriella Polin, Mayfield High School

November 7, 2019

If you’re looking for an overwhelmingly mediocre action movie featuring multiple Will Smiths, “Gemini Man” is the movie for you. As I sat down in the theater with my painfully overpriced ticket, I held onto hope that Will Smith would come through and make this less-than-promising concept into...

King Princess’ ‘Cheap Queen’ fails to live up to expectations

King Princess’ ‘Cheap Queen’ fails to live up to expectations

By Zachary Khouri, Carlmont High School

November 7, 2019

I must admit, I was excited about this album. And by excited, I mean very excited. I have been following King Princess’s career since her debut single, “1950,” was released back in February 2018. That March, Harry Styles had tweeted lyrics from the song, which spurred on her popularity with the general public. Meanwhile, I discovered her by accident...

To all the Netflix movies I’ve watched before

To all the Netflix movies I’ve watched before

By Maggie Craig and Naisha Roy

November 7, 2019

Netflix is good for many things such as binge watching and post-breakup comfort, but reflecting the accuracy of high schools isn’t one of them. Jocks shoving nerds into lockers, popular kids stuffing their lunches down other kids’ shirts, and close-knit cliques that never break apart are some of...

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ says ‘hasta la vista, baby’ to quality

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ says ‘hasta la vista, baby’ to quality

By Ethan Torban, Carlmont High School

November 6, 2019

WARNING: This review has minor spoilers for the 2019 film "Terminator: Dark Fate." "Terminator: Dark Fate" proved itself to be nothing more than a CGI-focused cash grab, dedicated to the possibility of another sequel. In the past 10 years, Paramount Pictures has released three "Terminator" movies,...

Look, mom! I can flop

Look, mom! I can flop

By Lainey Devlin, North Cobb High School

November 4, 2019

Netflix recently released its latest original documentary, Travis Scott: Look Mom, I Can Fly, which received major backlash from fans for its confusing and hard to follow dynamic. Directed by White Trash Tyler, the film takes on the style of a studio movie, documenting the creation and anticipation ...

Tessa Violet’s ‘Bad Ideas’ showcases surprising depth

Tessa Violet’s ‘Bad Ideas’ showcases surprising depth

By Zachary Khouri, Carlmont High School

November 4, 2019

The chorus to Tessa Violet’s “Crush” has been ringing in my ears since I first heard it last year. The song, with its catchy melody, upbeat tempo, and relatable lyrics, instantly garnered the attention of many, including myself. It’s been over a year since that song was released, and she has...

Monsta X’s fifth studio album will ‘Find You’ hope in your darkest moments

Monsta X’s fifth studio album will ‘Find You’ hope in your darkest moments

By Jacqueline Sumida, Downers Grove South High School

November 1, 2019

On Oct. 28, 2019, one of the world’s most sonically recognizable boy bands, Monsta X, released their third album of 2019 “Follow- Find You.” As one of my favorite groups of all time, I was over the moon when this album was announced. From the teaser images to the double music videos, this was primed...

“The Lighthouse” is without question the best film of the year

“The Lighthouse” is without question the best film of the year

By Jack Harris, West High School

November 1, 2019

“The Lighthouse” is a tale of how two men, isolated on a decrepit rock, fall into a state of murderous hysteria. Robert Eggers is such a stupendous filmmaker, viewers will likely fall victim to the same enchanting curse that strikes down the main characters. The film has only two characters, Th...

Kanye West gets Biblical on “Jesus is King”

Kanye West gets Biblical on “Jesus is King”

By Jack Ging, Saba Ali, and Lia Riechmann

November 1, 2019

On Friday, Oct. 25, Chicago-born artist Kanye West released his ninth solo album “Jesus is King”. Exactly as the title implies, this album is made up of several religious songs. The record was initially teased in late 2018 under the name “Yandhi”, with a release date slated for September of th...

Mario strikes at MAC

Mario strikes at MAC

By Madelynn Niles, McCallum High School

October 31, 2019

Everything is tense. The stillness seems to last an eternity. It is the moment you have been preparing for for far too long. All that surrounds you now is the sound of your engine rumbling and the serene clouds of Cheep Cheep Lagoon, and for a moment, you forget to breathe, but there’s no time to think...

Atlanta sees the arrival of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Atlanta sees the arrival of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

By Dominik Perez, North Cobb High School

October 31, 2019

Concert goers witnessed mosh pits, psychedelic visuals, and electric performances at the Tabernacle on September 2. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard stopped by Atlanta during their tour following the release of their latest album, Infest the Rat’s Nest. The line for the show circled all the way...

Opinion: Kanye’s ‘Jesus Is King’ is perfect

Opinion: Kanye’s ‘Jesus Is King’ is perfect

By Miles Ozorio, Carlmont High School

October 30, 2019

Let’s get this straight: Kanye doesn’t care what you think. He probably doesn’t care what anybody thinks. In fact, this attitude is most likely the reason you love him, or the reason you hate him. Yet, Kanye is himself. Undoubtedly, and in every scenario, he is himself. And in 2019, Kanye...

Peanut Butter Falcon flies into theaters

Peanut Butter Falcon flies into theaters

By Jack Wolfe, Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio

October 29, 2019

When going to a movie theater filled with giant surround sound speakers where you can hear every explosion and gunshot in the upcoming action blockbuster, it is easy to miss the beauty and nuance of just two friends on a raft, drifting towards their dreams with nothing but the world to hold them back. The...

“We Live in a Society”

“We Live in a Society”

By Connor Thompson, Lake Ridge

October 29, 2019

Mental Illness has long been a difficult subject for many as evidenced by the creation of Mental Illness Awareness Week, from October 6 to October 12, to raise awareness about this seldom discussed issue. The timely issue of Mental Illness, however, was also accompanied by the release of the critically...

A Review of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments:’ What Ending Would You Like to Have?

A Review of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments:’ What Ending Would You Like to Have?

By Kate Hayashi, Portola High School

October 29, 2019

Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was published in 1985 when my mother was a teenager. It's sequel “The Testaments” came out last month. A generation later, the story seamlessly reopens and suggests timeless relevance of the topics of gender, power and faith first explored by its predecessor. “The...

Mxtoon’s newest album captures hearts

By Jaece Houston, Plano Senior High School

October 28, 2019

Mxmtoon, also known as Maia, is a 19 year old Californian social media personality and singer-songwriter whose newest album is truly beautiful. This new album, however, was no small accomplishment. Rounding of at an hour and seven minutes, its over 40 minutes longer than her debut album, plum blo...

Lonely Boy, ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ Review

Lonely Boy, ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ Review

By Matthew Proietti, Walnut Hills High School

October 28, 2019

Spoilers for Breaking Bad follow. Breaking Bad ended six years ago and with it the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston). We witnessed his transformation from a meek high school chemistry teacher to a cruel, egotistical drug kingpin, and it was one wild ride, to say the least. Series creator Vince...

A Week In The Tunes

A Week In The Tunes

By Caroline Zeeman, Lake Forest High School

October 25, 2019

As always, the end of the week means new music. Here is a look at five standout projects released this past week, and five projects to be on the lookout for over this upcoming week. To keep up with the latest tracks, make sure to follow the A Week In The Tunes Spotify playlist, which is updated weekly. Here is a review of some stand out new releases this week: What’s...

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